Gordon Hawkins makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Alberich, a role he has previously performed at Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and in performances with the BBC Symphony. A former winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the baritone recently performed Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Washington National Opera; Tonio (Pagliacci) at Seattle Opera; the title role of Rigoletto with Arizona Opera; Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Montreal Opera; and Porgy (Porgy and Bess) with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Dallas Opera. The baritone’s other career highlights include Marcello (La Bohème) and Silvano (Un Ballo in Maschera) at the Metropolitan Opera; Amonasro (Aida) with Houston Grand Opera and Cincinnati Opera; the title role of Macbeth with Seattle Opera; Tonio at Atlanta Opera; Porgy at Washington National Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; the High Priest (Samson et Dalila) with Opera Ontario; and the four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in Tokyo. Hawkins’s discography includes the premiere recording of Floyd’s Of Mice and Men (Albany) and the title role of Simon Boccanegra with the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. On the concert stage, he has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony (Washington D.C.), the Cincinnati Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among others. Hawkins’s 2010–11 engagements include Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride) at the Met; Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Friedrich von Telramund (Lohengrin) at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Caspar (Der Freischütz) and Alberich in Seville; and Amonasro with Lyric Opera of Chicago.